Hearn in Fifth at the NCAA West Regional Golf Championship

May 20, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming sophomore David Hearn is in fifth place, two shots off the lead, following the first day of competition at the 1999 NCAA West Regional Men's Golf Championship.

Hearn began the competition with an excellent round, as he shot a 35 on both the front and back nine. He is in a three-way tie with Troy Kelly of Washington and James Stewart of San Diego State, for fifth place with an opening round two-under par score of 70.

BYU's Jose Garrido has the individual lead, following a four-under par opening round score of 68. Garrido is followed closely by Fresno State's Todd Rose and Arizona State's Jeff Quinney and Matt Jones, who all shot first round scores of 69.

The seventh-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils own the team lead, after a five-under par total of 283. The Sun Devils hold a five shot advantage heading into tomorrows second round, over #2 UNLV and #16 BYU, who are tied for second place after shooting rounds of even-par 288.

"I felt good today," said Hearn. "I was consistent and actually my putting was my biggest strength. Tomorrow and Saturday I just need to keep focusing on hitting the greens and hope that the birdie putts fall."

"David had a nice, steady round today," said head men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "He hit a lot of greens and did a lot of things well. Now he just needs to stay patient for the remainder of the tournament."

The second round of the 54-hole tournament of play gets underway tomorrow morning with tee times begining at 7 a.m.

Hearn, from Brantford, Ontario, enjoyed an outstanding sophomore season. He led the Cowboys in stroke average at 72.7 strokes per round, and he recorded nine Top 25 finishes in 12 tournaments during the 1998-99 season. In his most recent tournament, he placed seventh out of 80 golfers at the 1999 Western Athletic Conference Championships.

Hearn qualified as an individual for the Championship, while the Wyoming Cowboys narrowly missed qualifying as a team for the West Regional.

The teams from District 7 which qualified for the NCAA West Regional were: Brigham Young, New Mexico, Fresno State, San Diego State, Colorado State and UTEP. In addition to Hearn, one other individual was selected from District 7 for the West Regional. That individual was Justin Peters of the University of Nevada.

Hearn is the first Wyoming golfer to qualify for the NCAA Regionals since Pat Fry was selected as an individual to the 1995 West Regional. The last time Wyoming qualified for the NCAA West Regional as a team was in 1992.

The NCAA Men's Golf Championship is split into three regions -- the East, Central and West Regionals. A total of 324 golfers are selected to compete in the three regions with 156 advancing on to the 1999 NCAA Championships at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., June 2-5. From the West Region, the top nine teams and top two individuals (that are not a member of one of the top nine teams) will qualify for the NCAA Championships.

The West Region is made up of District 7 and District 8. The West Regional will be played at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort in Tucson, Ariz., May 20-22. The course measures 7,087 yards, and plays to a par of 72. The format for the Regionals is 54 holes, with one 18-hole round being played each of the three days.

Wyoming played in one of the top golf conferences in the nation this season. In addition to the six WAC teams that qualified for the NCAAs from District 7, WAC member UNLV qualified from District 8 for the West Regional, SMU and TCU qualified for the Central Regional from District 6 and Tulsa qualified for the Central Regional from District 5. In all, 10 WAC teams qualified for NCAA Regionals. UNLV is the defending NCAA Champion, while New Mexico and Arizona State are the defending West Regional Champions.

Following is a breakdown of the top 13 individuals following the first day at the 1999 NCAA West Regional Mens Golf Championship.

1999 NCAA West Regional Leaderboard

FinishNameSchoolScore1.Jose GarridoBYU33/35 68 -42.Todd RoseFresno St.34/35 69 -3Jeff QuinneyArizona St.35/34 69 -3Matt JonesArizona St.34/35 69 -35.David HearnWyoming 35/35 70 -2Troy KellyWashington33/37 70 -2James StewartSan Diego St.35/35 70 -28.Nigel SpenceColorado St.35/36 71 -1John LepakOregon St.36/35 71 -1Billy HarveyBYU37/34 71 -1Micheal KirkUNLV37/34 71 -1Charley HoffmanUNLV35/36 71 -1Adam Scott UNLV36/35 71 -1